Laguna Niguel Fire Burns At Least 20 Homes – NBC Los Angeles

Residents remained under evacuation orders early Thursday after a wildfire, fueled by ocean winds, stormed up a hill and burned at least 20 homes in a Laguna Niguel neighborhood.

The coastal fire burned nearly 200 acres after it started early Wednesday in Aliso Woods Canyon. There is no containment, but wind speeds are expected to ease Thursday after gusts pushed flames up the hilltop.

Panic families gathered at the foot of Coronado Pointe, one of the evacuated areas.

“I saw flashes of fires come into my house and that’s the time I left with my wife,” said Abi Farsoni, leaving behind his computer and everything he owns. “It’s terrible for the residents. You don’t know if your house is still there. We don’t know. I have a lot of things. I didn’t have time to take them.”

He later discovered that his house was still there.

Flames reached several multimillion-dollar estates on a hill overlooking the ocean.

A house was gutted in the coastal fire at Laguna Niguel. Vikki Vargas reports to NBC4 News on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Evacuations were ordered in the Coronado Pointe and Pacific Island Drive areas, while voluntary evacuation orders were issued in the Balboa Nyes and Moulton Meadows neighborhoods of Laguna Beach. According to the school district, students participating in after-school activities at Laguna Beach High School were also evacuated.

Water-dripping planes were part of the fight to prevent flames from spreading nearby.

Details of how the fire started were not immediately available. Southern California Edison reported possible “circuit activity” around the time the fire started Wednesday afternoon. NBCLA has contacted the tool for more information.

The fire burned along Laguna Niguel in Orange County. Alex Vasquez reports for NBC4 News on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

The area is located between Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. Smoke could be seen for miles along the coasts of Orange and Los Angeles.

Deputies were evacuated to San Simeon, Sierrara Vista, Alta Terra, Nucella, Serana, Avante, Tanarron, Teracina, Islands Avenue, Capri Court, Sunrisa Lane, Chapala Court, Arelu Court and Anamonte.

An evacuation center was set up at the Laguna Niguel Community Center at 28751 Crown Valley Parkway, Steinle said.

Look here for an interactive map of evacuations, road closures, and shelters from the Orange County coastal fire.

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